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Driving to LA for the Clean Air

Oct. 29th, 2003 | 12:33 am

Fls and I had the last two days off. Monday we spent inside our and we were miserable. The smoke was coming in through my bathroom window and my eyes were sore and I got a headache. We watched the news and worried about people. Today we decided to escape the smoke and drive to LA for fresh air and buy an air filter. We didn't have much choice about where to drive, there are fires to the south and east and an ocean to the west, so we are staying the night with friends in Pasadena. We will probably go home tomrrow. Or maybe they will cancel work for the rest of the week and we will go to Vegas (lots of fresh air to be had there, I hear.)

Note: We visited the Hammer Museum today and we made a big mistake not taking infinite_jest there. Instead we took him to the LACMA which is a perfectly good museum, but I think we would have had a nicer time at the Hammer. Btw what I really liked there was the Lee Bontecou retrospective. One of the sculptures that was particularly creepy was from Hawaii and I stared for a while trying to figure out why it was so familiar. Anyway, the exhibition will be in Chicago from Valentines day to the end of May.

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Oct. 24th, 2003 | 07:45 pm

How Will Snape Seduce You? by eccosophi
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Your HouseHufflepuff
Where?The Potions Classroom, After Class!
How?You seduced him! You sly vixen! He likes it....
Surprise!He asks you to marry him!
Created with quill18's MemeGen!

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The Unconsoled

Oct. 20th, 2003 | 07:32 pm

I have been thinking about The Unconsoled for a week now. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable read. I was only able to finish it because I was on an 8 hour train ride to Vienna in 1997 with only 1 book so I had no choice. But something about it haunts me.

I sent a copy to my high school friend who was in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. She only finished it because she was on an 8 hour bus ride through Africa and also had no choice. I think I have had one more friend who read it, who was mostly irritated with the main character. Understandably so. Many of the main character's problems come from him not asking someone for his schedule.

I have theories about this book. I want to know if anyone else has read it. I want other people to read it. Don't read the reviews first. Though the book is confusing, I think the reviews I've read tell too much and might lead people down the wrong path.

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Photography Projects

Oct. 18th, 2003 | 03:46 pm

Photograhpy Projects
The Mirror Project is a growing community of like-minded individuals who have photographed themselves in all manner of reflective surfaces.

All began in 1996 in Bretany, France:

On a beach I photographed with a the SX-70 a polaroid showing sand and stones. Again the resulting picture was photographed with the Polaroid-camera.

The distances in space and time became greater.

The previous polaroid is always the basis for the next one and so on ...

from tribe.net and metafilter.

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Kill Bill

Oct. 11th, 2003 | 06:54 pm
mood: ignoring baseball

Last night fls and I went to watch Kill Bill. Since joining netflix and now greencine, I try to only watch movies at movie theaters where the stereo and the big screen make a huge difference. I thought that Kill Bill would be one of them. Some critics thought it was all style and no originality. That may be true, but it still it was lots of fun. I thought some people might like lucy liu. Frank liked the anime o-ren more than the lucy liu o-ren and I might agree with that.

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I voted in someone's laundry room

Oct. 7th, 2003 | 07:16 pm

That was strange. They gave us the choice of siting on a couch to vote too. I am always a fast voter and mostly I've voted with fls around. He usually takes lots longer and I always wonder if I missed something. Like we were in a test or something.

Afterwords, the guy inspected my ballot and gave me the option of cleaning up my hanging chads....

What else? Oh yeah, my boss asked me if I voted. I said yes. I woke my husband up to go vote with me. His hair was still messy and he wasn't fully awake.

The furniture salesman asked us all who I voted for.

Now I voted no in the recall. Mostly it is because I remember reading the The Pelopponesian War 3 times in college, (well I was assigned it 3 times.) And all that tyranny of the majority and stuff. Pretty fun, but somewhat unstable. And hey the Athenians didn't win did they?


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My pirate dream

Oct. 4th, 2003 | 06:46 pm

Last night I dreamed I was the captain of a merchant ship and somehow I captured/rescued the crew of a pirate ship. The captain was a human, he tried to be dashing, but I believe that I was unimpressed. The crew were pirate rats and pirate hamsters or gerbils sort of like the ones in the Muppets.

I was transporting brass instruments. I distincly remember a very strange large, awkward french horn. I had to carry the french horn to an orchestra hall and while I was doing that I was listening to and singing along with a Madonna song. I remember not liking the song, but it helped me while I was trying to fit this French horn in one of the brown grocery bags that I use to carry everything in in my real life.

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Word Geekiness

Sep. 12th, 2003 | 09:35 pm

Sometimes, I enjoy word geekiness. I don’t even remember why I came to the Chicago Manual of Style website, but I got caught up in their question and answer section:

Q. With words such as "PowerPoint," the capital letters are retained when the words are melded. Is there a label for this category of words?

A. A word with a capital letter in the middle of it is said to have a "midcap"; such a word itself can also, by means of synecdoche, be referred to as a midcap. The name seems especially apt, given that corporations seem to be responsible for most such constructions. The word "midcap" does double duty in Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400--in which "MidCap" not only refers to a class of medium-sized companies but is itself a midcap.

That reminds me of a book I bought twice, The New Oxford Guide to Writing. I lost it once, and I think I bought it again because it was so fun:


Zeugma (pronounced ZOOG-ma) is a special kind of pun involving a verb used with two or more objects, but with a difference of meaning. Here the novelist Lawrence Durrell is describing the plight of a maiden chased by lusftful monks:

Joanna, pursued by the three monks, ran about the room, leaping over tables and chairs, sometimes throwing a dish or a scriptural maxim at her pursuers.

And here is a wry definition of a piano:

Piano, n. A parlor utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor. It is operated by depressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience.
-Ambrose Bierce

As I flip through this book, I realize I should have read it more often, it has a very good section on transitions.

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Everything is Illuminated

Aug. 13th, 2003 | 02:59 pm

I just finished reading Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I really liked the novel, but it has been reviewed lots. I bought it a while ago, but the cover was distracting me. The paperback comes in all sorts of jarring color combinations. Mine is flourescent green with goldenrod writing.

"What does it mean schmuck?"
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Against Love: A Polemic

Aug. 13th, 2003 | 09:55 am

I was harmlessly reading Salon this morning and their review of Against Love. I was struck by the following passage:

Kipnis acknowledges that love affairs can feel completely transforming; with this new third party, you can surrender to long-buried feelings; ordinary conversations glisten and gleam. "But what really keeps you glued to the phone till all hours of the night -- conversations sparkling with soulfulness and depth you hadn't known you possessed, exchanging those searching whispered intimacies -- is a very different new love-object: yourself. The new beloved mirrors this fascinating new self back to you, and admit it, you're madly in love with both of them."

How funny. About 20 minutes later, I started to read this week's New Yorker and they have a similar review with the same quote.

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